Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

FIV Felines, Transports and More: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant
What was the money or product used for?

O’Malley’s dental procedure is scheduled for Jan. 14.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

O’Malley has gingivitis and needs several extractions. He slobbers a lot, especially when he eats, and has lost weight. Having the dental will stop the pain in his mouth and make eating less painful for him.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

O’Malley has not been adopted yet. From his Petfinder profile: “O’Malley thinks everyone is here to visit him. He loves all people and is a fantastic cuddler. He loves hugs, kisses, napping anywhere he can be touching you, and head bumps. Everyone falls in love with O’Malley immediately! O’Malley is really good with my dogs but he made sure to establish the pecking order when I brought him into the house. He would be fine with any cat-friendly dog with proper introduction.” Meet him here.

MEOW Cat Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Medical care

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

A cat needed diagnostics and surgery for severe dermatitis on her ears.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

This is our sweet girl Harmony and her new human, Karen. Harmony was diagnosed with severe solar dermatitis, a progressive skin disease caused by the sun that can lead to skin cancer in the form of malignant tumors called squamous-cell carcinomas.

White cats are most susceptible and this is often seen on the nose and around the ears where there isn’t much hair protecting the skin.

Thankfully, our friends at Inglemoor Animal Hospital surgically removed the damaged ear margins and Harmony is healing beautifully. She was examined top to bottom and no additional cancer cells were found. We are thrilled for both Harmony and Karen. 🌹 🌹

Middleburg Humane Foundation: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

Middleburg Humane Foundation (MHF) would like to thank the Petfinder Foundation for awarding us the Adoption Options in Action grant. We used the grant money to purchase supplies to assemble “sleepover kits”: collars and harnesses in multiple sizes, leashes, dog bowls, dog food, Nylabone chew toys, dog beds, and large crates. We also purchased heavy-duty duffel bags to put all these items in (except the crates) to keep everything in one place. We thought that people might be more inclined to foster our dogs if they do not have to purchase anything to facilitate the visit.

We used part of the money to purchase a pet stroller. The reasoning was two-fold: first, people fostering smaller dogs may borrow the stroller to increase the range of activities they could do with their foster. Second, the stroller allows MHF to bring smaller dogs to meet-and-greet events. We do not typically take smaller dogs to off-site events because the noise, activity level, etc., might prove overly stimulating to them. The option to put them in the stroller, somewhat removed from the stimuli, makes us more confident that an event would not overly stress out our dogs.

The last photo, of a dog named Gibbs, is one example of MHF using the stroller to promote adoptions. We brought Gibbs to a meet-and-greet event at a brewery and kept him in the stroller until he acclimated to the venue and people. By the end of the event, he was passed from person to person and having a great time. Shortly after the event, Gibbs was taken into foster care.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We had wanted to start a “Doggie Pajama Party” and short-term foster program to complement our long-term foster program, but did not know where to start. The Adoptions Options conference gave our Adoptions Counselor ideas not only about how we can develop these two programs, but also how we can utilize them to benefit our animals who have been harder to place.

The receipt of the Petfinder Foundation Adoption Options in Action grant money coincided with the Maddie’s Fund Foster Express Challenge. We were initially skeptical about whether we could get 25 of our animals into short-term foster care, but we felt we had a better chance of success if we could offer potential fosters a sleepover kit. We also devised a media strategy to build enthusiasm about our new Doggie Pajama Party and tie it in to our participation in the Foster Express Challenge. The sixth photo shows two of these Facebook posts.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant directly helped the five dogs who had sleepovers since we received the supplies for the sleepover kits in mid-November. Our grant request noted that six of our dogs have been with us for longer than three months. Three of the six were adopted before we purchased our sleepover kits, but two of the remaining three (Elle and Jax) have gone on doggie sleepovers. Elle’s “sleepover buddy” has indicated that she is considering adopting Elle, and Jax’s foster asked to foster him for an extended period with the intent to adopt. Further, this grant was the impetus to us commencing our sleepover and short-term foster programs and participating in the Foster Express Challenge over the holidays. The grant therefore indirectly benefited the animals who went into short-term foster between November 22 and January 10. We will continue to operate these programs and countless more animals will also benefit from the grant.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Dan (first four photos) is one of 59 dogs who were removed from a home in Montgomery County, Maryland, as part of an investigation that resulted in an animal-cruelty case being brought forward. Once the case concluded, the shelter in Montgomery County was able to adopt out or transfer the seized dogs, and MHF took in Dan and four other dogs. Dan has a partially formed paw (a congenital defect) that makes it difficult for him to walk.

Our entire board was excited about MHF’s receipt of the Petfinder Foundation grant, and the Chairman of the Board asked to take Dan for a sleepover to help kick off the sleepover program. Our Chairman took an immediate liking to Dan and wanted to do something to help him with his paw. He made an appointment for Dan’s hips to be x-rayed and scheduled him to be evaluated for a prosthetic. Shortly after his evaluation, Dan went into short-term foster for the holidays.

We received two calls on Jan. 2: First, Dan’s foster family asked if they could extend their foster period. Second, Dan’s prosthetic foot was ready for him to try out. The fosters insisted on accompanying MHF staff to Dan’s fitting (which we interpret as possible intention to adopt). Dan took to his new foot almost immediately and at one point started to run, causing everyone to run after him. We have attached a couple before and after pictures of Dan, and have a video of him testing out his new leg we can send via email.

Dan getting a new foot and possibly a new home is a wonderful way for Dan, and MHF, to start the new year. We are grateful for the Petfinder Foundation Adoption Options in Action grant as it was the start of this story that ends in “happily ever after,” and will allow us to provide many more “happily ever afters” this year. Thank you.

Pets Alive: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Our third-quarter 2019 sponsorships helped us feed the animals who were sponsored as they await their forever homes.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Sponsorships are a great way to help particular animals that have special needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Elvis is one of the sponsored pets this grant helped. He’s a senior at just shy of 10 years old. He first came to Pets Alive in 2011 as a young dog from a shelter in Georgia and was adopted out shortly thereafter. About 18 months ago, Elvis found his way back to Pets Alive, as his owner could no longer care for him. He knows basic commands and is really a sweet, gentle boy. He can get nervous at times and does take a little while to warm up to newcomers and would do best in a quiet home.

Elvis is still available for adoption. For more information about Elvis, check out his Petfinder profile.

SOS Animal Rescue: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase toys, scratching posts, and cat trees to enhance the lives of cats and kittens in our foster program. We purchased items with the goal of using them for many foster pets.

The cat trees we chose have removable carpet and easy-to-clean laminate so we can disinfect them between use. The toys were chosen with the same goals in mind.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant allowed us to purchase toys, scratchers, and cat trees. All of these enhancements provided our foster cats with stimulation and variety. They love getting up on the trees. It also provided us the opportunity to work on appropriate scratching locations.

The reduced stress, increased training, and enhanced stimulation all make it easier to adopt the cats and kittens into new homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

24

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Francine had been in our foster program for four months. She is a curious, adventurous, playful cat. Our foster homes could get boring for long-term fosters due to lack of enrichment items. With this grant, Francine was able to experience new toys, cat trees, and posts to help reduce stress.

Francine has been adopted into a loving home. Thank you for making her stay with us more enjoyable.

Appalachian Peace Paws Rescue: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

This grant was used to order supplies for our rescue animals so that we could provide a consistent diet during their stay with us.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We were able to order 21 16-lb. bags of Purina One kitten food, five boxes of Purina Pro Plan Calming Care, and 10 boxes of Purina Fortiflora. Having the kittens on the same diet consistently and on Fortiflora helped ease gastrointestinal issues and help them get ready for adoption faster. The Calming Care helped anxious shelter dogs settle into their foster homes and get adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

120

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Kali is a 5-year-old German shepherd who was surrendered to our rescue with separation anxiety. We started her on the Calming Care, and after a few weeks her foster really started to notice a difference in her behavior. She was adopted a few weeks after that and her adopter is continuing the Calming Care supplement.

Last Day Dog Rescue, Inc.: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

Last Day Dog Rescue was able to purchase 275 microchips, at a cost of $7.27 each, with this $1,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation and with matching funds from donations from individuals.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Thank you for this grant! Last Day Dog Rescue microchips every dog and cat that comes into our rescue. Microchips costs $7.27 each, and with a $1,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation and matching funds from donations from individuals, Last Day Dog Rescue can microchip 275 dogs and cats. Microchipping each animal helps to make sure each dog and cat will be returned to its owner if lost. Without microchipping, lost animals may end up in a shelter, which may be already overcrowded.

How many pets did this grant help?

275 dogs and cats are being microchipped

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Tonka was returned recently, as the adoptive family now has two small children and Tonka was not dealing well at the home. Tonka was microchipped by our volunteers upon return to the rescue. This is important in case Tonka gets out of the yard at his foster family’s house. Tonka is looking for his new fur-ever home! Meet Tonka here.

Sanilac County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys are used to help keep our dogs and puppies occupied during the cold days when they are kept inside for long periods of time.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Having the Kong toys helps burn energy and keeps the dogs from barking out of boredom. This helps them get adopted faster.

How many pets did this grant help?

15 dogs

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We have a short-hair pointer named Carmen who is 6 years old and her owner died. Carmen would cry all day in her kennel and nothing would calm her except someone sitting in the kennel with her. We brought out the Kong and filled it with yummy treats for her to lick and chew. The crying stopped and she was a lot calmer. She has not been adopted but is working it. You can meet her here.

Crazy Cats Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $882.76 emergency medical grant from the Petfinder Foundation was used for the veterinary evaluation of Bravo, a tiny kitten found alone and with terrible eye infections. Bravo was examined by the veterinarian used most often by our rescue and by a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist. It was determined that Bravo’s eyes needed to be removed and the Petfinder Foundation grant covered the expenses associated with this surgery.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This Petfinder Foundation grant enabled Crazy Cats to save a helpless kitten who desperately needed veterinary attention to survive. As a no-kill rescue, being able to provide the best care for our animals is at the heart of our mission. Bravo recovered beautifully and is now available for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Bravo was found as a tiny kitten in a mall parking lot by a good Samaritan. He was alone and had horrible infections in both eyes. Crazy Cats Animal Rescue was called to his rescue. We immediately took Bravo to our veterinarian for an exam. Our vet referred Bravo to board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists. We were advised that Bravo’s eyes had ruptured and would need to be removed. The specialists believe that Bravo has never been able to see and darkness is all he has ever known. His survival is miraculous. He was fostered by the director of Crazy Cats, where he ate well, grew fast, and became very social. Happily, Bravo is otherwise healthy and has an excellent chance for a great life in the right adoptive family. When he was big enough, Bravo was neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and became available for adoption on Petfinder (you can meet him here). An Emergency Medical Grant from the Petfinder Foundation made it possible for Bravo to get the best possible care for his eyes. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for your trust in Crazy Cats and for your support of Brave, a brave, spunky survivor who has stolen our hearts.

Tails of Hope: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

We received a monetary grant to purchase cat/kitten toys and furniture.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant really helped in several ways. First, we are a small rescue that is just starting out. Without this monetary donation, we would not have been able to purchase the bigger furniture items for our kittens and cats. Secondly, we believe that the kittens and cats that come into our rescue need an outlet to play and feel like they have their own space. The tree furniture gives them the opportunity to have space of their own to play and sleep. Since we have cats come into our rescue by either surrender or born into the rescue, these items will help them be socialized. The toys are a great way for our volunteers to interact with the kittens and cats so that they get that social interaction. Plus, it is so much fun to watch a cat chase a ball! I believe this grant will also help boost our volunteers. We are able to have the items needed to make sure we send lovable, socialized cats into their new forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

About 10 so far. The great thing about this grant is that it will allow us to help many kittens and cats. We recently took in three pregnant cats, so when those kittens are born, they will be able to use the items too.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We recently took in Mystery, a calico (first photo). Her foster family said that the toys and furniture have really allowed Mystery to come out of her shell and feel like she has a safe place to go. She has not been adopted yet. We have had several that have been adopted so far, with more to come!